Sumary of The Guardian view on the pandemic: a universal crisis is revealing our divisions | Editorial:
- On Tuesday, the International Monetary Fund warned that inequality both within and between countries will not just persist, but increase this year..
- At the same time, a divide is opening up between places that are experiencing some kind of new normal, with large parts of life assuming a recognisable pattern – including China, where the virus first emerged – and those plunging deeper into disaster..
- In Israel, where more than half the population has been fully vaccinated, daily life in some ways resembles pre-pandemic times for many – though Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza remain under tight rules with relatively high infection rates..
- But Chris Whitty, England chief medical officer, has warned that another surge in Covid is inevitable, and documents released by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies forecast a late summer peak, with the worst case scenario of a situation as bad as January – when half of all UK Covid deaths occurred…